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and whether or not the grown ups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi, there's reports in the state department here that christopher stevens didn't have the protection as people asked for. did they ask enough? can they keep asking? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the reinforcements? or would the c.i.a. say they didn't want their cover blown. >> this time, the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply in our passions and political divides. we're going to need to work on access to mental health care. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. >> i come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and i watched it during what happened up in newtown. they have to take care of their people. so in taking care of the people in maryland, what do you think is the most important thing? dealing with the issue of semi-automatic weapons? the so called assault rifles. dealing with the high capacity gu
? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the >>> the tide is beginning to turn as more pro-gun members come out in favor of new gun control laws. even senator casey of pennsylvania. is america ready to get serious about curbing gun violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> one of the highest profile election campaigns of the new year
down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he
are telling me they don't want to walk back into that building. >>> the benghazi breakdown, the scathing findings of an independent investigation blames the state department from top to bottom. >> mistakes were made, lives were lost, and lessons need to be learned. >> there's no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. >>> what will be the fallout for secretary of state hillary clinton? >>> and spidy senses activate, how did president obama get caught in the hero's web? >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama has just held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff. joining me, managing editor of postpolitics.com. it was called to discuss the gun task force, but clearly the president wanted to send a signal about the state of play with john boehner and the state of play is that it is not good. >> you know, andrea, i agree broadly with you, although i would say the president d
the aftermath of the september 11th attack in benghazi. in the letter ambassador rice also expresses her gratitude for the president's confidence and support and assures that she will remain as ambassador at the unions. let's get to our panel. with me in new york is jonathan alter, who is with bloomberg view, and professor michael eric die sorn ayson and ari melber w nation." >> i think this is the sad resolution of what amounted to a right wing witch hunt against ambassador susan rice. i think, first of all, wrongly laying responsibility for the fiasco at her feet. secondly, when facts subsequently came out to suggest that she was marrily repeated what she had been told in terms of intelligence, they were still unrelenting, and then thirdly what this does is displace a highly qualified person for secretary of state from the obama administration who happens to be a person of color and a woman. a rhodes scholar, a doctoral recipient from oxford university, an extraordinary broad career at the state department so to speak in terms of foreign relations and the like. this is a
. but from benghazi to ben affleck. that just happened. >> well done. >> that transition just happened. benghazi to ben affleck, also one of barbara's most interesting or fascinating people. i object. i object because if you are one of the most overexposed celebrities on the planet, i don't think you can still be fascinating. he was fascinating maybe in 1999 when we didn't know literally everything about this man. but even though he has gone through some metamorphosis, he has gray hair, a father, he is old, gray hair, he is choosing good roles finally, i don't find him fascinating. >> i was bored by him more than a decade, he was like the quint essential guy famous for being famous, what he basically informs the 2000, the us aughts. i saw "a go," i saw it a few weeks ago, stuck with me. i'm fascinated how a guy could be that boring for so long and then suddenly become interested. >> but you're -- you're talk bag previous ben affleck a guy of "goodwill hunting" cannot be famous for being famous. >>> immigration could be the political issue of 2013. have pulitzer prize-winning journalist
state department reps answer tough questions of the benghazi report. we have a former secretary of state saying none of it will lead to change. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. i like red, white and blue. buy america. >>> no one likes last-minute holiday shopping. i have a gift for the sports fan who has everything. >>> will it be pink or blue presents under my family tree? it is not both. i have an announcement. hit follow and come along for "the cycle." >>> the mayans believe the world ends tonight. that's one way to end the fol follies of washington. the rivalry between president obama and speaker boehner is taking over d.c. rivalry, mayans, makes me think of basketball since the mayans invented the earliest form of basketball. >> no. >> it's a fact. >> it is thursday. of course i'm doing sports metaphors. what else did you expect? we start with the new york knicks and the nets. we'll get to d.c. too. so you know, really compromise in there. >> talks to the heartland, people, there. >> all right, guys. the last two times these teams met it was the nail bite we are fans not sure who would be ahead a
to sit down with the president. >>> senate foreign relations holds hearings on benghazi, on the attack, but without the secretary of state. >> secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus and concussion, and given her condition it was simply not possible for her to appear today. >> and if senator kerry ends up succeeding hillary clinton as secretary of state, could we see a hollywood star m senate? >>> president obama for secretary of defense. chick hagel is not a responsible option. >> the nation's leaders come together today to say farewell to hawaii senator dan yet inoyhe. >> he was in every sense the quintessential american. he possessed every virtue that we like to ascribe. >> i'm andrea mitchell. that was a rare honor for danny inyohe. he is only the 31st person in history to lie in state in the rotunda. we expect to hear today from speaker john boehner. very shortly, in fact. the chances are he will be meeting with the president later today, but the chances for a budget agreement seem to be fading. the time grows shorter before the congress goes home for christmas. chris
violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. >>> one of the highest profile election campaigns of the new year will be the race for new jersey governor. if you were hoping to see chris christie up agains
. and back to benghazi. there are reports in the state department's being blamed here. didn't have the protection they asked for. did they keep asking enough? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the re-enforcements but the cia said they didn't want their cover blown? again, let's get serious. joining me now to talk about gun violence is martin o'malley and governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me. president obama spoke forcefully this afternoon about needing to take action on gun safety. let's listen. >> this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply help passions and political divides. we need to work making access to work on mental health care as easy as access to a gun. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is complexed can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> i've come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and what happened up in newtown. governors really ar
republicans over statements rice made following the attacks in benghazi, libya. it shows after the tragedy saying the attacks began as protests. that were then hijacked by extremists. that's what the cia believed and told her in a briefing given to her that very day. yet, john mccain and others launched a campaign to smear her and block her for moving to the state department. president obama defended rice on numerous occasions, but accepted her decision today with regrelt. just a short time ago, she explained her decision to nbc's brian williams. >> today, i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not be considered for nomination for secretary of state. i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized. very distracting and very disruptive. there are so many things we need to get done as a country. and the first several months of a second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the the crucial thing done. job creation. that's what matters. and to the extent that my nomination could ha
to testify today about the attacks in benghazi. but while suffering from a stomach virus, she fainted, hit her head and sustained a concussion. doctors told her to work from home this week. and deputies testified at today's hearing instead. clinton will still testify in a few weeks, but the gang over at fox are very, very suspicious. >> when you don't want to go to a meeting or a conference or an event, you get a diplomatic illness. >> if she's in the nfl, i wouldn't let her play. but i think she can make a phone call. >> charles, you had a good line. hill ri has severe benghazi allergy. >> i've been doing a lot of work on that. she is the first reported case and it's a very, very severe one. >> very, very severe. let's see the medical report on that. >> first, they wanted to see the president's birth certificate. then they wanted to see his college transcripts. now they want to see hillary clinton's medical records. unfortunately, we've seen this movie before. last year, they -- the right unfairly blamed attorney genric holder for the fast and furious gun walking screen. now, it's secreta
on benghazi and what it purports for the hearing when former assistant secretary of state peter crowley joins us coming up next. ♪ we are gathered here today to celebrate the union of tim and laura. it's amazing how appreciative people are when you tell them they could save a lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds. nice choice, mate. ...and now in the presence of these guests we join this loving couple. oh dear... geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >>> the i wanted pent investigation into the consulate attack in benghazi has revealed grossly inadequate security and systematic management and leadership failures at the state department prior to the assault on the diplomatic compound, which resulted in the deaths of four americans, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the scathing 39-page report has now led to the resignation or dismissals of four senior state department officials. in addition to cataloging the security failures in benghazi, the report
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repeatedly characterized a terror attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi as a protest gone wrong. a statement from the white house maintains her comments were based on intelligence she had at the time. rice explained why it was she and not secretary clinton answering those tough questions on national tv. >> why was it you that sunday morning? of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions on the attack. >> it wasn't that usual. i've done shows in the past. secretary clinton had been asked by most of the networks to go on. she had an incredibly gruelling week dealing with the protests around the middle east and north africa that enveloped our embassies. she had to deal with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi. and console the whole state department, greet the families and the bodies. and she declined to do it. and i was asked by the white house if i would do it as the next senior american diplomat. we were talking about a range of issues that week. it wasn't just benghazi as you'll recall. it was a broad spectrum of forei
that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking susan rice for the benghazi attack. they attacked her specifically for going on sunday morning talk shows after the attack and delivering the administration's talking points about what was believed to have happened there. it later emerged that those talking points were exactly what the intelligence agencies told the administration they should say about the attack. senator mccain described that as the worst cover-up he had ever seen in his life. he said it was worse than watergate. he said that that susan rice, she's not very bright. actually used that phrase about her, "not very bright." part of the reason susan rice became such a high-profile potential nominee was because of that criticism from republican senators. more than that, it ended up becoming a very high-profile potential nomination because of the president's response to that republican criticism. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplar
on the benghazi attack, a key demand of senate republicans. today a new senate report on benghazi heaped more blame on the state department's security procedures. president obama acknowledged lapsed that the white house would take immediate steps to resolve. he rejected criticism that he would let his u.n. ambassador twisting in the wind, susan rice, instead of training fire on republicans. >> information a politically motivated attack on her. she probably had the least to do with the attack on benghazi. why she was targeted individually for the kind of attacks that she was subjected to is -- it was puzzling to me. >> the process also seems to be playing out with one of obama's top picks to lead the pentagon. the president was quick to praise republican former nebraska senator chuck hagel, but was just as quick to say he hadn't made up his mind. >> i haven't made a decision about who to nominate. >> anything disqualify him? >> not that i see. i have serbed with chuck hagel. he know him. is he somebody who served this country is w veil valor. >> he ran into stubborn resistance over the weekend
testimony on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> yesterday, senator marco rubio called for clinton to testify, citing failures at the state department. no date has been set for her benghazi testimony. >>> and there's another cabin cabinet-level vacancy in the obama administration, epa head lisa jackson announced yesterday that she's stepping down. she spent plenty of her time sparring with congressional leaders over issues of global warming and the keystone pipeline. the president praised jackson's efforts at the epa yesterday. >>> meantime the gun control story continues in the wake of the sandy hook shootings and the reaction on the state and local levels is varying dramatically across the country. some are doing whatever they can to take gunts off the streets. los angeles collected more than 200,000 guns. 75 assault rifles included in that title, two rocket launchers were turned in for cash. rocket launchers. elsewhere, though, people are flocking to buy guns. at this shop in des moines, iowa, callers have emptied the stores. state legislators are looking to their 20
of months by virtue of them benghazi situation. she is extremely well qualified. the president knows that. he is not iffing to be forced into a decision by virtue of the chatter that's out there in the street and the politics, and i think he is going about it in a deliberate way. there are a lot of other issues also going on that he deals with on a daily basis that are very real-time, and you also have the fiscal cliff problem. he i don't feel has the secretary of state who has said she will stay in in national hockey league a replacement is there. it is normal to get that done right before the inauguration. he has a lot of team because both of these people's, senator kerry or ambassador rice, are fully vetted. they've been around for a while. people know them. they know the sort of things they've said and the records pretty clear and public, so either one of them can move pretty quickly through the process because they both have been vetted and been so high profile and public over a long period of time. >> is -- you don't think that she's been damaged by people -- by all of these hits sh
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to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> does this mean we get susan rice back? i know, i know, it's a done deal. we are told that the president is picking john kerry to be secretary of state after hillary clinton. but if this was supposedly the reason that susan rice could not be considered for that job as well, this is out now, and it says in a fair world, we would get susan rice back in contention. this is the report of the independent accountability review board that was authorized by law as part of the response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, the attack that killed a serving u.s. ambassador for the first time since the 1970s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in an armed assault by a militant group on a u.s. facility that was in an area known for its armed militant groups. the attack was concurrent with worldwide protests at u.s. facilities throughout the muslim world against a cartoonish anti-islam video that had been posted
in the spotlight the state department's failures during the benghazi attack and senator john kerry, the man who could soon become the head of that department and then our big question, 12 days to cliff-mas. do you have faith in a deal or will the fiscal cliff steal christmas? join me on facebook. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> developing now, just in time for the christmas holiday and the travel crunch, a major winter storm snarling flights in the midwest. chicago's o'hare airport says arriving flights are delayed more than two hours. the delays will likely cause ripple effects across the country, but most major airlines are enacting flexible rebooking policies like waiving those extra fees for people scheduled to fly directly into the storm's path, that is. and this massive system is affecting more than half of the country. in the north people are preparing for up to a foot of snow one day before the official start of winter, severe storms moving through alabama, florida
this? you have the fiscal cliff, you have the new cabinet, the benghazi report, immigration. and then you what do you think the likelihood is because i can tell you having sat in newtown for five days, there was this immediate sense from virtually everyone i spoke with that something could finally happen this time, but can it? >> well, chris, i saw all your reports from friday on. and the pain that the people were feeling. but i can't be as optimistic as i would like to be right now because i've been through this too many times starting with covering the outrage after columbine where people talked about curbing some gun -- putting some gun restrictions, there is also talk about hollywood and values, back in '99, the video games were quite the issue it was. there are all kinds of talk and we never had anything. this time, well, maybe things are a little different if for no other reason than the power of social media, letting people organize better on this issue, can cross the aisle on it. and i think for a lot of people, this may be an issue we're compromising on. what the wh
with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi and the state department, greet the families and the bodies, and she declined to do it. it wasn't what i had planned for that weekend originally, but i don't regret doing that, brian. i think when you're a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it is related to the work that you do, it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the american people, and that's what i did. >> did you want the job? >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure. how can you not want to -- in my field -- serve at the highest possible level? >> i tell you what, hillary clinton, i'm sure she was tired. we all get tired. she works around the clock. but you know what she was doing. >> yeah. >> hillary, that's the political experience. you see it in the corporate world, the political world, the pros that have been around the block a few times. >> decline. >> they know when to step aside. and this is -- i've seen this happen in washington time and time again. i saw it on th
reaction to the benghazi report? >> benghazi, do you have a reaction to the report? >> journalists at the white house today trying to ask the president about a report on the fatal attack in benghazi where four diplomats were killed. three state department officials have now resigned following the report's publication. conservatives on television repeated some wild conspiracy theories about what happened. but the report says grossly inadequate security, systemic failures were to blame. secretary of state hillary clinton says she accepts every one of the panel's recommendations. while her likely replacement had this reaction. >> secretary clinton said she would do this. and it would be a completely unvarnished appraisal. and that's what it is. i think she and the administration deserve credit for doing what was required here. >> this also comes as a belated comfort to you and ambassador susan rice who became the scapegoat for some whose theories have been proven flatout wrong. jonathan capehart is an opinion writing for "the washington post." john, we heard the accusations the presid
.s. consulate in benghazi in libya on september 11th of the year. the panel has just released its findings, and the report appears to place a lion's share of the blame for that attack on the u.s. state department. our own andrea mitchell is going through this report as we speak. again, it has just come out. but she reports tonight that the panel has found, quote, systemic failures in leadership management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department. those two bureaus described as diplomatic security and near eastern affairs. according to this report, those leadership deficiencies led to a security posture at that u.s. consulate in benghazi that was, quote, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. according to "the new york times" and their reporting on this report, secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted all 29 of the panel's recommendations, including a number of those recommendations that are and will presumably remain classified. again, the report on -- the independent report on the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi in liby
gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
.s. consulate in benghazi. at yesterday's hearing, senator john kerry who is widely expected to be nominated as the next secretary of state said congress should share some of the blame for what happened in libya. >> i want to be crystal clear about something else. congress also bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. >> for years, we have asked our state department to operate with increasingly lesser resources to conduct essential missions. and because of the gridlock and excesses in the senate and congress itself, we have not even been able to pursue the regular order of authorizing legislation. adequately funding america's foreign policy objectives is not spending. it's investing. >> republican senator bob corker countered that the state department was notution its existing resources efficiently. >> secretary clinton just sent up a notification to congress asking for $1.3 billion. why did she never ask for any notification or change of resources to make sure benghazi was secure? >> we are in a situation where the middle east is evolving, democracies are growing
, systematic failures of protecting u.s. diplomats in benghazi. >>> plus, nasty weather bearing down as millions of travelers prepare to hit the road for the holidays. we'll have the latest forecast there. >>> first, let's get to the news here in new york city. five days out from christmas, 12 days away from the fiscal cliff deadline that could potentially cripple the economy. house republicans are expected to vote on plan "b." that's speaker john boehner's safety net proposal that would maintain bush era tax rates for everyone making a million dollars or less. >> about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he can call on senate democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> well, president obama has threatened to veto boehner's measure and he said republicans need to drop any personal grudges they might have to do what's best for the c
from susan rice's withdrawal from contention after that uproar over her comments on benghazi. joining us now one of the leading critics of the administration's response to benghazi, republican congressman jason chaffitz. i know the senate is the confirming body, not you, but does this end the controversy over benghazi, or does that continue and need to be investigated? that, the panel having spoken, and hillary clinton having promised to follow-up. sfoo no, there's still a long ways to go to get to the bottom of benghazi, and making sure it never ever happens again. i'm sure that senator kerry will be easily confirmed from the senate. i think he is a good and decent person. i probably disagree with him on most every issue, but many terms of being a good person, i'm sure he will be confirmed, but we have as to go on benghazi. >> your committees have said you want to hear from hillary clinton? >> absolutely. she was the person in charge. we have four dead americans. we have -- think about it. in a 60-day period a group said there are more than two dozen systemic failures. they offered 6
the scrutiny on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi but that may be ending now. last night an independent report by the accountability review board issued a devastating critique of the state department saying "grossly inadequate security on the day of the attack and in the months leading up to it and a reliance on local militias left u.s. diplomats vulnerable in libya. without any meaningful defense on september 11th leading to tragic results for ambassador chris stevens and three other americans that were killed. report absolves the pentagon of any plablame." secretary hillary clinton responded in a letter to house and senate committee saying she accepts everyone of the panel's recommendations and has taken steps to improve security at high-threat posts. "to fully honor those we lost we must better protect those still serving to advance our nation's vital interests and values overseas." still, not the way clinton wanted to leave the state department and it certainly adds a blemish to her record which had been pretty stellar. due to her illness she won't be testifying on be
, they had no intention of dropping the benghazi fight. >> we're not going to let this go, how could for seven hours nobody come to the aid of the people in the attack. where was the president? >> which of course always should have been the focus of the benghazi story, rice's decision presents the president with a cabinet that looks like an america problem. the cabinet in the -- looking like a leading candidate for the secretary of defense. if kerry is a shoe in, does that change the calculus four hagel? or for white house chief of staff, kevin liu. former advisors under secretary clinton re-emerge as top candidates for treasury. if kerry ends up being a nominee for secretary of state, there would be a challenge for his senate seat. here's senator scott brown, in his farewell speech on the senate floor which oh, by the way happened to be yesterday. >> defeat is temporary, depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again. >> there you go. after rice's announcement yesterday, the massachusetts democratic party tweeted this. bring it on. in case you're w
on capitol hill today in hearings on the deadly attack on the consulate in benghazi. this morning, all eyes were on committee chairman john kerry who's widely expected to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. he was quick to point out congress should take some blame for what happened in benghazi. >> i want to be krystal clear about something else. congress, also, bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. adequately funding america's foreign policy objectives is not spending. it's investing. >> this morning's hearing marked by sharp questioning by republican senators. >> secretary clinton just sent up a notification to congress asking for $1.3 billion. why did she never ask for any notification or change of resources to make sure benghazi was secured? >> we are in a situation where the middle east is evolving. democracies are growing. militaries are forming and we must look at each and every one of those sites and every one of our posts and reexamine it under a new normal. >> you were aware of the security risk there. we have read the cables. you were full
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department is that they don't get funded for embassy security and consulate security like in benghazi. kerry can bring his enormous prestige as a senator for many years to get that funding. he's almost become president and foreign leaders respect him and the most important element, richard is his relationship with the president. it's a strong one. he's carried out a lot of missions for president obama and iraq and afghanistan, so i think it's an exceptional appointment and he'll sail through. he is an exceptional appointment. i think another asset that he has is the major challenges he's going to face. he has experience in them, stopping iran from getting a nuclear weapon. restarting the middle east peace negotiations and dealing with a hostile north korea. finding ways to deal with the arab spring, the explosions there. he is so qualified in so many areas to deal with those crises. >> governor, you brought the issue of benghazi, with that still as an overhang right now waiting for secretary clinton to speak to lawmakers on the hill with secretary of state kerry, will that then be mitigated?
week to testify about the benghazi terror attack armed with poll numbers that make her the envy of the political world. does that mean she'll run four years from now? listen to her response to barbara walters. >> what would it take to convince you to run in -- >> that's all hypothetical because right now i have no intention of running. sfoo right now at least. and a might of 1,000 rock stars in new york city. the boss, paul mccartney, bon jovi, billy joel, alicia keys, among others, all coming together to raise money for hurricane sandy victims. keep fans rocking well past midnight. ♪ ♪ who says you can't go home there's only one place they call you one of their own a hometown boy born a rolling stone ♪ >> and a late night for those of you watching at home. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live many washington. we're another step closer to the cliff, but still far from a deal. our nbc news-wall street journal poll shows that both sides of the aisle are going to catch a lot of heat if there isn't a compromise. joining me now for our daily fix, chris and managing editor post po
still haven't gotten time to get to. benghazi. >> oh, my gosh. >> boy. >> a devastating report. aa devastating report. >> it raising a lot of questions that i wonder p if anyone has the guts to ask. >> about hillary clinton. >> yes. here is bill karins with a check on the forecast. bill. >> we'll talk about the first blizzard the winter moving across the country. big travel issues over the next two days from denver up through areas around chicago. let me show you what the map looks like. this is our winter storm warnings and advisories. the little arrows on here show you blizzard warnings in effect. the storm is now just south of denver. by tomorrow afternoon it's going to be near chicago. it's this area to the north of the storm where the worst of the weather will be with the wind and also the snow. now, the timing of the storm, no problems in morning. late today driving home through nebraska, very difficult. you did not want to travel tonight into tomorrow through much of iowa and southern wisconsin. that's this area in here that will be dealing with blizzard conditions as we go
, the administration probably didn't think it was helpful to have a bruising nomination fight where benghazi and libya was going to be litigated day after day at some future point which would probably consume a lot of television and news time. and i think that if that wasn't the case, if we were just talking about some tough questioning, she wouldn't have withdrawn, the administration would have made it clear, you're not going to withdraw, we don't want that. but there are just to many priorities and tough political battles ahead and a sort of uncertain economy, this was something that probably both sides, but i do think the white house deemed as unnecessary. >> the whole thing started really as sort of this uproar over her on the part of a few republicans with her appearances on the sunday shows. and brian williams asked susan rice about that. >> why was it you what sunday morning, of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions about the attack on benghazi. >> it wasn'ta unusual, i have done sunday shows many times in the past. secretary clinton had
of bipartisanship? was it the fact your side couldn't push the benghazi issue? what changed the last weekend toward obama? >> certainly, i think sandy changed things. it let the president be president. i think that helped. >> it changed the subject from benghazi. >> i would also say this race was more of a referendum in some way on mitt romney than it was the president, and that's unusual -- >> does your side -- i know you're a true believer, and i respect that. do you think -- i mean it. do you think they didn't really believe he believed? >> no, i don't think that was the problem. i think the bigger problem was two things. they never personally connected with him. they never felt this attachment, and they didn't see him as -- >> personal. >> second of all, i think we failed middle income blue collar voters who feel we no longer understand their life, no longer are fighting daily for them, and they think what we're about are just the social issues and fighting for tax breaks for the wealthy. that's not what we're about, but we sure let that perception happen. >> my dad is a regular republican, not
her of the attacks on benghazi. some say her handling of benghazi make hers unqualified for the position. but mccain's committee move may not be just about susan riechls his time. his office confirmed he's interested in the foreign relations post but no decision been made. >>> so what do korean wrapper psy, president obama, and todd akin have in common? of course, very little. every year they compile a list of the most notable quotes and each has been listed. psy for his opening "gangnam style" song. todd akin made his list for his legitimate rape comment. let leak at the top three. president obama's "you didn't build that" comes in at number three. number two, mitt romney on whole binders full of women he recited for applications in massachusetts. and you probably already guessed number one. mitt romney again on the 47% of americans that, quote, are dependent upon government who believe that they are victims. >>> well, now, turning to overseas news, mass protests are expected today once again in egypt with opponents and supporters of president morsi on a violent collisi
inouye tomorrow. that's going to take up a lot. there's the viewing today. you've got the benghazi hearings. time is running out on the calendar. so what i'm hearing is, go home for christmas and come back the day after, come back on the 26th. >> the plan b would, as a diversion, make sense if they were still talking. but they're not talking. and according to senior white house officials, they haven't talked since monday. now, in normal circumstances, maybe that works, but we actually are getting to the point where they need to strike a deal. >> especially conversation one on one. >> if they don't strike a deal in the next day or so, you can't write something this big by the end of the year. >> correct. andrea's right. >> they're going to have to start piecing this together. >> they'll go home for christmas, get an earful from people, and then come back and pass it quickly. >> and they do have stuff written. they've got pieces according to conrad and the other budget leaders in both houses, they've got -- >> conrad, speaking of conrad, he was sure they were going to have a deal. >>
senators after her appearance on the sunday shows talking about the incident in benghazi. they were so angry because they say she disseminated false information about the causes of that attack. we all know the story there. we don't need to rehash it. she was given these talking points by the intelligence community. she was merely saying what they had instructed her to say. but the senators, these republican senators blamed her for using them when they say she knew they were false. she has clearance, security clearance, she had access to what had actually happened, or at least the best judgment for the classified material at that time. be that as it may, she made that trip up to capitol hill. john mccain, lindsey graham still rather forthright in their opposition, but really raised a red flag with the white house was a moderate like susan collins or bob corker expressing serious reservations. while not saying they would oppose any nomination were to it come. one of the strangest things that came out of the entire week of the spectacle of going back and forth were all the republicans tha
in benghazi falls under the purview of hillary clinton. susan rice is irrelevant. this is about setting up a narrative for the next four wears to go after hillary clinton in four years. that's what this is all about. >> but so if john kerry were to be nominated and as so many people on the right indicated would easily ascend to that position, there has been speculation that that would open up his senate seat, maybe scott brown could swoop in. you say that's not a possibility. >> no. i think it's a possibility because this is politics and that would be special election. but what i'm saying is that we have to look at -- we have to look at m and a. the president, again, won by almost 25 points. brown lost by eight points to elizabeth warren a servir taurl unknown in the state having already been there for two years. it's not so much kerry's seat is in danger. if john kerry is nominated to be secretary of state or secretary of anything do i think democrats will hold on to that seat? there's a 90% chance the democrats will hold on to that seat. the governor of massachusetts will make that deter
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